Music Performance, BFA

  • ALL-STEINWAY QUALITY  You’ll benefit from IUP's distinction as an All-Steinway school whether you’re a pianist or a performer accompanied by one. Your performances and rehearsals will have superior sound.

    Learn from accomplished musicians who are dedicated teachers

    All the practice pays off when a musician takes the stage and gives a polished performance. As a music performance major, you'll expand your mastery of your primary instrument or voice under the expert guidance of the faculty.

    The Music Department's greatest resource is its faculty, composed of more than 30 full- and part-time artist-teachers, including a number of seasoned composers. Private, weekly, one-hour lessons are given throughout a student's college education, covering eight semesters for a total of 32 credits. You'll also take a series of eight classes in music theory and a variety of other courses.

    Students in the Music Performance program, like those in the four other music bachelor's degree programs, are required to take part in ensembles. You can choose from more than 20 groups, including both vocal and instrumental ensembles. Through IUP's recital attendance policy, you'll grow in your knowledge of music and enjoy valuable opportunities to perform before an audience in our concert halls on campus.

    IUP also offers a minor in Entrepreneurship for Fine Arts through the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

    Admission to the Music Department requires satisfactory completion of an audition in addition to the university general requirements.

    Students Who Complete the BFA in Music Performance Will:

    Content Knowledge

    Learning Outcome

    Understand broad trends in Western music history and discover a diverse body of musical literature. They will evaluate the function and meaning of music-making across various cultures and historical eras. They will write effectively about the history of music.  

    Disciplinary Skills

    Learning Outcome

    Examine and interpret the materials, forms, and conventions of Western art music. They will develop comprehensive musicianship skills, including score-reading ability and basic keyboard proficiency. They will write effectively about the technical features of music.

    Work Capacities

    Learning Outcome

    Demonstrate advanced proficiency with voice or a musical instrument. They will interpret benchmark compositions and prepare at least one solo recital. They will recognize expectations associated with professional activities such as auditions and interviews.  

    Learning Outcome

    Collaborate with their peers by performing regularly in small and large ensembles. They will master basic conducting and rehearsal techniques. They will recognize the value of performance as a means of community engagement and enrichment.

    A student plays a violin in an orchestra rehearsal.